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What is nitrous oxide?

dentists using nitrous oxide to sedate patient

Many people avoid the dentist because they’re fearful of what might come from the visit. Unfortunately, because of this many people don’t get the treatment and care they need. One of the best ways to overcome anxiety over seeing the dentist is through the use of sedation. Sedation dentistry helps patients feel at ease, so they can have work done, without clenching their teeth or fists.

One of the most common forms of sedation dentistry is nitrous oxide. This form of sedation is quick, affordable, and safe for most everyone. At Troy Dental Studio we use nitrogen oxide to help our patients get through the anxiety visiting the dentist causes and get them on a path toward good oral hygiene.

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called laughing gas, is an odorless, clear gas that is mixed with oxygen. When administered in a proper dosage, nitrous oxide acts as both a painkiller and helps to create a sense of euphoria.

How is nitrous oxide administered?

nitrous oxide is administered through a mask that is placed over the patient’s face. Once a patient breathes in the gas for a few minutes, they’ll begin to feel the effects and relax. Most patients report feeling heavy and tired while under the influence of nitrous oxide.

How long does nitrous oxide last?

Once the machine administering nitrous oxide is turned off, you can expect the effects to wear off within 10 minutes. Unlike other dental sedatives, patients can drive home once they’re no longer “under the influence” of nitrous oxide.

Is nitrous oxide safe?

Nitrous oxide is an incredibly safe solution to anxiety.This is because there is no carryover effect. This means that the gas leaves your system almost immediately. When nitrous oxide is administered in the office it is mixed with pure oxygen so you’re still breathing in the same amount of oxygen that you would when breathing in air.

This option is available to both children and adults and has been shown in studies to have no adverse effects when properly administered.

Are there any side effects to the use of nitrous oxide?

There are few side effects associated with the use of nitrous oxide. The typical side effects include vomiting and nausea. Most occur when too much nitrogen oxide has been used and are easily reversed through the administration of oxygen.

The only group nitrous oxide is not safe for is pregnant women. This is because it can affect the baby and cause a miscarriage. We offer additional sedative options for pregnant women, however, and encourage you to contact us to learn about options that are available to expecting mothers.

Give our team at Troy Dental Studio a call to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help get you the dental care you deserve without the anxiety that comes along with it. Whether you’re getting a cavity filled or having an extraction done, we can help ease the anxiety and make sure your mouth is as healthy as possible.

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